On the Record: Lynch on Trump and Russia

On the Record: Lynch on Trump and Russia


ED: IT IS TIME TO GO ON THE RECORD.>>THIS IS A DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR US. ED: CONGRESS PUSHES BACK AS RYAN AND TRUMP TASTE FAILURE ON THEIR FIRST BIG TEST. HOW WILL THEY — FIRST BIG TEST. HOW WILL THEY FARE WITH TAX REFORM?>>THIS IS THE WORST WAY TO CONDUCT GOVERNMENT. ED: CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN LYNCH IS OUR GUEST. HE LIVED THE WEEK WASHINGTON WON’T SOON FORGET. AND WHAT THIS ALL MEANS TO MASSACHUSETTS.>>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A REPUBLICAN JUDGE OR DEMOCRATIC JUDGE. ED: AND SPEAKING OF JUDGES, CAN DEMOCRATS LIKE ELIZABETH WARREN STOP NEIL GORSUCH FROM ASCENDING TO THE HIGH COURT? WE GO ON THE RECORD RIGHT NOW.>>FROM WCVB BOSTON, THE INSIDE WORD FROM WASHINGTON TO BEACON HILL. TODAY’S NEWSMAKERS ARE GOING ON THE RECORD. ED: GOOD MORNING. I’M ED HARDING ALONG WITH NEWSCENTER 5’S JANET WU. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND WHAT A POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE IT HAS BEEN, SOMETIMES TWO OR THREE TREMORS ON A DAILY BASIS. — STEPHEN LYNCH IS HERE. REP. LYNCH: THE BILL OF HEALTH CARE WAS NOT IN PRINT AND YOU HAD NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON BETWEEN REPUBLICANS TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF THE COMMITTEE DRAFT THAT HAD COME OUT A WEEK BEFORE AND THERE WAS A LOT OF TENSION THERE. THAT ONLY DEMOCRAT VERSUS REPUBLICAN, BUT FREEDOM PARTY CAUCUS VERSUS SOME OF THE MODERATES. JANET: PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SPEAKER RYAN SAY THE FIGHT IS OVER. DO YOU BELIEVE THEM OR TO YOU THINK THE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS OR OTHER FACTIONS OF THE GOP WILL TRY TO REVISIT? REP. LYNCH: I DOUBT — THERE IS A CERTAIN RIPENESS OF BILLS AROUND THESE ISSUES AND IT WILL BE A WELL BEFORE WE REVISIT HEALTH CARE. THERE ARE SOME PROVISIONS THAT WOULD PHASE IN AND MAYBE WHEN THAT HAPPENS IN 2018 OR 2020, THAT MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVISIT. JANET: THERE HAS BEEN CHATTER THAT MAYBE THE PRESIDENT MAY REACH OUT TO DEMOCRATS TO TRY TO PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER THAT IS MORE PALATABLE TO THE FOLKS ON THE LEFT. IS THIS NONSENSE? REP. LYNCH: PRETTY MUCH. THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO GET 20 MEMBERS OF THE MODERATE WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY INCLUDING MYSELF TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN A SCORCHED EARTH APPROACH TO GOVERNMENT AND WE FELT THAT THERE WAS NO COMMON GROUND WE COULD REACH WITH THIS PRESIDENT. HE HAS TAKEN EXTREME POSITIONS. HIS BUDGET IS RIDICULOUS. WE FELT GOING OVER THERE MIGHT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE HIM TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THESE POSITIONS. JANET: YOU ARE AGAINST GOING OVER THERE. ED: LET’S PICK IT UP WITH THE SCORCHED EARTH PART. WHAT’S THE LONG TERM POLITICAL DAMAGE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP? REP. LYNCH: I’M NOT SURE. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. PRESIDENT OBAMA GOT HIS BILL PASSED BUT THEN LOST 76 SEATS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE — AND LOST THE SENATE. IT BUILT OPPOSITION FOR HIM. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER GOING TO THE NEXT ISSUE LIKE BUILDING THE WALL OR TAX REFORM WILL HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP. ED: HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO MOVE ON TO TAX REFORM. THAT’S HIS NEXT HURDLE. REP. LYNCH: I THINK UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS, TAX REFORM MAY GET SOME RECEPTION IN THE HOUSE. THEY WERE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. — THERE ARE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. THERE ARE SOME OPEN AREAS WE COULD ACTUALLY NEGOTIATE ON. I UNDERSTAND THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO USE SOME OF THAT MONEY FOR HIS INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND THERE ARE A LOT OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE MONEY FOR TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT IS AN AREA THAT MIGHT BE FERTILE. BRIDGES ARE BIPARTISAN. JANET: YOU ARE THINKING HIS POLITICAL CLOUD HAS BEEN PERUSED BUT NOT BROKEN — CLOUT HAS BEEN BRUISED BUT NOT BROKEN. REP. LYNCH: IT IS TOO SOON TO TELL WHETHER THE BREACH IN HIS OWN PARTY WILL REMAIN. JANET: THIS WEEK THE NSA AND FBI CONFIRMED THEY ARE INVESTIGATING TIES BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. LET’S TAKE A LISTEN.>>ENGAGED IN A MULTIFACETED CAMPAIGN OF ACTIVE MEASURES TO UNDERMINE OUR DEMOCRACY AND HURT ONE OF THE CANDIDATES AND HELP ONE OF THE OTHERS. JANET: A STUNNING CONFIRMATION. BUT DO YOU THINK THIS WILL HAVE ANY REAL IMPACT ON THE PRESIDENT’S CREDIBILITY OR ON MIDTERM ELECTIONS? REP. LYNCH: IF THERE IS A CONNECTION TO HIM THAT IS PROVEN, DEFINITELY IT WILL HURT HIS CREDIBILITY. IT MIGHT GO FURTHER. JANET: JUST THE FACT THAT THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION, DOES THAT HURT HIM AT ALL? REP. LYNCH: SURE. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT WERE PERCEIVED TO BE VERY CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT. THERE HAVE BEEN THESE ONGOING CONTACTS BETWEEN JEFF SESSIONS AND THE RUSSIANS AND OTHERS. THERE WAS A CLOUD OF SUSPICION AROUND THE TRUNK CAMPAIGN — THERE IS A CLOUD OF SUSPICION THAT IS AROUND THE TRUNK CAMPAIGN — TRUMP CAMPAIGN. ED: THIS IS ANOTHER REVELATION FROM COMEY, THE WIRETAPPING THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN INSISTING CAME FROM THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ORDERS.>>WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT’S TWEETS ABOUT ALLEGED WIRETAPPING DIRECTED BY THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION, I HAVE NO INFORMATION THAT SUPPORTS THOSE TWEETS. REP. LYNCH: NO INFORMATION THAT SUPPORTS THEM. ED: THEN THERE WAS THE AWKWARD MEETING WITH GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL. NO EMBELLISHMENT OF THAT QUESTION. HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS OUR — NO ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THAT QUESTION. HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW? REP. LYNCH: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FOREIGN LEADERS WE DEAL WITH. WE ARE DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA. KIM JONG-UN IS NOT STABLE. IT AFFECTS MY VIEW OF NORTH KOREA. YOU COULD SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT CHAVEZ IN VENEZUELA OR AUGMENTED A JOHN — I DON’T WANT OTHER COUNTRIES LOOKING AT US IN THAT WAY BECAUSE OUR PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN INSTABILITY OR WILLINGNESS TO BLURT STUFF OUT. THAT IS NOT HEALTHY. JANET: DO YOU THINK IT HAS HURT US? REP. LYNCH: I DO. JANET: WHO WITH? REP. LYNCH: THE MIDDLE EAST. I WAS DOING A ROUND OF REFUGEE CAMPS ON THE SYRIAN BORDER. THE TURKS, THE JORDANIANS. NOT THE FIRST QUESTION THEY ASKED, BUT THE SECOND OR THIRD WAS WHAT IS UP WITH THE MUSLIM BAN? ED: WHAT WAS YOUR ANSWER TO THAT? REP. LYNCH: EVEN THE SUNNI SPEAKER VERY UPSET. WHEN U.S. AND IRAQI TROOPS ARE GOING IN THE MOES ALTOGETHER. HE SAID THIS IS THE WORST TIMING WE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE. THAT HAS HURT US. ED: WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM? REP. LYNCH: LET ME ADD THIS. THE SUNNI SPEAKER OF THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT SAID WE WERE ENCOURAGED TO SEE THE WOMEN’S MARCH AND THE PROTESTS IN RESPONSE TO THIS POLICY, AND IT WAS ALL OVER THE ARAB NEWS. AL JAZEERA AND ALL THE NETWORKS IN THE MIDDLE EAST CARRIED IT. IT SAYS THAT SHOWS US THAT IS NOT THE POSITION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. JANET: HE STILL HAS A MONTH TO GO BEFORE HIS FIRST 100 DAYS IS OVER. DOES HE HAVE TIME TO TURN THIS AROUND? REP. LYNCH: THERE ARE PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE THE HUMILITY. GEORGE W. BUSH CAME IN AND HE WAS A DIFFERENT PRESIDENT EARLY ON. HE MATURED. HE WAS HUMBLED BY THE RESPONSIBILITY. I’M NOT SURE THAT IS IN THE MAKEUP OF THIS PARTICULAR PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT A YOUNG MAN. HE HAS HIS WAYS AND HAS A VERY DIFFERENT AND BIZARRE LEADERSHIP STYLE. I’M NOT SO SURE HE IS GOING TO ROUND OUT AND RIGHT THE SHIP. I THINK HE’S GOING TO KEEP DOING WHAT HE’S ALWAYS DONE AND IT HAS NOT BEEN HELPFUL SO FAR. ED: WE HAVE TO GO TO THE OTR POP QUIZ. JANET: SPEAKING OF HUMBLE. ED: THIS IS A SETUP. NORMALLY WE LAUNCH RIGHT INTO THE OTR POP QUIZ, BUT FIRST WE WANT TO SHARE THIS.>>BE OUR GUEST. THE OUR GUEST. IMMIGRATION IS A MESS. GRAB YOUR SUITCASE AND SOME TOOTHPASTE, CITY HALL WILL DO THE REST. JANET: I WAS PRETTY IMPRESSED WITH THAT. ED: THAT WAS A PERFORMANCE AT LAST WEEK’S SAINT PATRICK’S DAY BREAKFAST IN SOUTHIE. YOU HAVE INSPIRED US. THE THEME FOR THIS WEEK’S OTR POP QUIZ, POLITICS AND MUSIC. QUESTION ONE IS NEVER ONE TO SHY FROM SYMBOLISM AND SO CONGRATULATIONS, WHAT FRANK SINATRA HIT DID PRESIDENT TRUMP AND MELANIA TRUMP DANCE TO AT THE INAUGURAL BALL? REP. LYCH: MY WAY? ED: THAT’S RIGHT. YOU CAN JOIN IN. REP. LYNCH: I THINK I WILL PASS. ED: PRESIDENT NIXON PLAYED THE PIANO. PRESIDENT CLINTON OCASSIONALLY PLAYED THE SAX IN PUBLIC. WHAT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MUSICAL MARK? REP. LYNCH: WHILE. — WOW. A KAZOO? ED: HE LOVED MUSIC, ESPECIALLY AL GREEN. [PRESIDENT OBAMA SINGING] ED: DO YOU WANT TO SING THAT ONE? REP. LYNCH: NO.

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